It stirs in me a desire to clean away and cut back the overgrowth from last season.
Such spring cleaning is needed but the task is daunting. Do I start in the far corner? Or should I choose a quadrant to conquer? And how much time should I block out to get the task done?
These answers elude me, but this I know: It must be done if the new growth is to break through.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been meeting with the Gardener of my soul within the pages of Andrew Murray’s The True Vine. There I’ve been plumbing the depths of the parable Jesus taught His disciples, the one He is now teaching me.
There I learn that the Gardner is the one with the pruning shears. Clean up is His job. He cuts back the branches that were so successful last season so that this season will not be barren.
“After each season of work, God has to bring us to the end of ourselves, to the consciousness of the helplessness and the danger of all that is of man, to feel that we are nothing. All that is to be left of us is just enough to receive the power of the life-giving sap of the Holy Spirit.”1
To have the full power of God’s life surging through me this season, all that I trust in for power apart from Him must go.
And why would I want it? God’s power is greater than any work I can produce in my own efforts.
That’s the hope of spring cleaning: more of God, less of me.
1. Andrew Murray, The True Vine (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2007), 44–45.